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First coronavirus cases reported in LA homeless population

Los Angeles, March 31 (IANS) Two people experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles are infected with coronavirus – the first known cases among the homeless population in the county, according to Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer.

Additionally, a person who works in an L.A. County homeless shelter has also contracted the virus, CNN reported.

Gov. Gavin Newsom previously announced a homeless person had tested positive in California, according to the state’s Department of Public Health. It’s unclear where that person lives.

Ferrer also announced seven additional deaths and 342 new cases in Los Angeles County overnight. There are 2,474 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Los Angeles County, Ferrer said.

Nearly 60,000 people were counted as homeless in Los Angeles County in 2019 – a 12 per cent increase over the previous year.

–IANS

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